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  • Country ranking ?

    380
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    from 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Roast lamb served medium-rare

The Story

Pontet-Canet has always been a legendary Médoc. It is deep ruby-red, crimson, and sometimes almost black colour and has a characteristic bouquet of black fruit (especially blackcurrant), liquorice, and prune as well as fig, cedar, and sometimes cocoa overtones. Pontet-Canet combines power and elegance, as well as concentration and fullness on the palate. Rather sinewy in style, Pontet-Canet is clearly a classical wine with a tannic structure that provides excellent ageing potential. The château team is conscious of the fact that they are following in the footsteps of more than three centuries of tradition, with each period contributing its technical innovations in the interest of quality and in order faithfully to reflect the terroir. Château Pontet-Canet and the estate's second wine, Hauts de Pontet-Canet, are sold exclusively via the Bordeaux wine trade.

 

Of the 120 hectares (300 acres) estate of Pontet-Canet located in the northern end of the Pauillac commune, across the road from first growth Château Mouton Rothschild, 80 ha (200 acres) are under vine.[2] The soil composition is mainly gravel over a subsoil of clay and limestone. The grape variety distribution is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.[2] Vines average 35 years of age.

Pontet-Canet has one of the largest productions of any classified growth in the Medoc with a production of nearly 20,000 cases of its grand-vin, and another 20,000 cases of its second wine, Les Hauts de Pontet. Harvesting is done by hand, and after sorting the grapes are moved into the estate's gravity-feed cellars for crushing. Fermentation takes place in a mixture of concrete and stainless steel vats. Wines are aged for 16-20 months in up to 60% new oak barrels before fining with egg whites and bottling.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

flavors

Smoky, Earthy, Mineral, New-oak and Spice

nose

Complex, Ripe and Charming

taste

Balanced, Ripe and Fresh

Written Notes

Deep colour, Fresh elderberry, cassis aromas with herb notes. Beautiful fruity cassis blackberry flavours, fine supple tannins, inky richness and savoury new oak notes. Finishes minerally with liquorice/aniseed notes. A generous wine with attractive richness, density and bitter sweet notes. Delicious wine. Tasted at Ch Pontet Canet. 96 points

  • 96p

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Plums and black cherries, hints of prunes in the background. Vanilla and dark chocolate. On the palate elegant sweetness, sweet fruit, blackberries, blackcurrants, plums, rich character, chocolate and mild spices. Persistent character, excellent mid palate and great length. 97

  • 97p

Ruby. Blackberries, cassis, vanilla, anise, ripe and deep nose, scented, floral touch, stunning nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, anise, spices, detailed and nuanced, refreshing blueberries finish. Stunning length. 97-99

  • 98p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Pontet Canet 2016  ( Château Pontet Canet )

Deep colour, Fresh elderberry, cassis aromas with herb notes. Beautiful fruity cassis blackberry flavours, fine supple tannins, inky richness and savoury new oak notes. Finishes minerally with liquorice/aniseed notes. A generous wine with attractive richness, density and bitter sweet notes. Delicious wine. Tasted at Ch Pontet Canet. 96 points

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97p
 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Pontet Canet 2016  ( Château Pontet Canet )

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Plums and black cherries, hints of prunes in the background. Vanilla and dark chocolate. On the palate elegant sweetness, sweet fruit, blackberries, blackcurrants, plums, rich character, chocolate and mild spices. Persistent character, excellent mid palate and great length. 97

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98p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Pontet Canet 2016  ( Château Pontet Canet )

Ruby. Blackberries, cassis, vanilla, anise, ripe and deep nose, scented, floral touch, stunning nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, anise, spices, detailed and nuanced, refreshing blueberries finish. Stunning length. 97-99

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